Hospitals in Hong Kong lose data on 3,000 patients in thefts

Data on more than 3,000 patients in Hong Kong public hospitals has been lost through the theft of computer memory sticks, officials said Monday.

Nine memory sticks have been stolen from five hospitals across the city of 6.9 million in the past year, the hospital authority’s chief executive Shane Solomon said.

A task force headed by former privacy commissioner Stephen Lau has been set up to investigate the incidents and find ways of avoiding repeat occurrences, Solomon announced.

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